Acting Research Coordinator, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
Bio: I’ve worked at Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary since 2000 and have served as acting Research Coordinator since December 2014. In my current position, I encourage research, facilitate collaborations and oversee sanctuary monitoring efforts focused on intertidal communities, nearshore oceanography and deep sea exploration. I also work on marine policy and resource protection issues and marine debris monitoring and removal. In earlier phases of my life, I’ve worked as an aquatic toxicologist, research diver, wildlife biologist, and sailing instructor. As a private consultant for 13 years, I researched the mysteries of sea surface microlayer, sampled biota and substrates, conducted and developed new methodologies for toxicity testing, surveyed nearshore marine resources, and worked to restore eelgrass habitats. I have a B.A. in Biology from Bates College in Maine and a M.S. in Biology/Environmental Studies from Western Washington University in Bellingham.
How I’m involved with the 2016 West Coast Ocean Acidification Cruise: The sanctuary conducted water sampling to link cruise stations with intertidal monitoring stations in Olympic National Park where instruments record water quality data on a continuous basis and period whole water samples are collected to support ocean acidification parameters. From our 40-foot research vessel R/V Tatoosh, the sanctuary crew sampled waters at locations up to 100m deep simultaneous with NOAA Ship Brown sampling operations. These efforts established transects for evaluation of water quality across the continental shelf offshore from the Park’s intertidal monitoring stations.